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Teaching the Next Generation

The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) were awarded the Silver MUSE for Wise Bodies, a free, virtual series that provides high school and middle school students with critical information on awareness, prevention, and neutralizing stigmas related to HIV/AIDS.

MUSE awards are given by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and recognize outstanding achievement in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) media, and winners are chosen by an international group of GLAM technology professionals. MUSE awards celebrate scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education, accessibility, and inclusiveness, all of which are foundational values at MODS.

The award recognizes outstanding achievements by museums and other institutions in the areas of innovation, education, accessibility, and more.

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“We are proud to be recognized for our award-winning series, Wise Bodies. Our area has one of the highest rates of new HIV infections in the United States, and MODS’ commitment to the science of health and wellness brings a responsibility to positively impact our community,” said Joseph P. Cox, president and CEO at MODS. “Wise Bodies has reached thousands of teens and young adults to educate and inspire them to take charge of their personal wellness status. There is still much work to do, and we urge the community to take action and watch Wise Bodies. Even through the pandemic, we must continue to rise up for this vital issue.”

The 12-part virtual series was produced by MODS in partnership with AHF, whose mission is to provide cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay.

“It is our honor to be awarded the Silver MUSE in recognition of Wise Bodies. We looked to MODS as a trusted partner in science to energize and intercept students at a young age to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic and strive for zero new cases in the future,” said Ebonni N. Chrispin, AHF legislative affairs and community engagement manager. “By making sure pre- teens and teenagers are educated about the epidemic, we are encouraging students to know their status and share in the community responsibility to end stigmas.”

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The series and its accompanying curriculum was endorsed by Broward County Public Schools and made available to educators, students, and parents through the district’s Canvas digital platform.

In addition to providing actionable, factual, and relevant information on HIV and other communicable diseases, Wise Bodies also inspires students to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.)

Originally taught in-person in schools, the series was recreated as a virtual platform for students in 2020 and is available for viewing on the Museum’s YouTube channel and at Mods.org/WiseBodies.

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